Family members of a 13-year-old student of a secondary school in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are calling for a thorough investigation into the alleged bullying of the child by classmates – actions which are allegedly being condoned by the class teacher.
Though the welfare department was called in to deal with the situation, the child’s family is not satisfied and is calling on higher authorities to intervene.
“He came home crying last Tuesday so, I was there and I asked what happened. He does stammer a lot sometimes you understand what he does talk and he is fat, so he said the children interfering with him in the class, say they went put him up on Facebook…and the whole heap of thing they tormenting he and he said the teacher did nothing,” the child’s grandmother, Anita Elliot, explained.
Elliot, a retired social studies teacher, said after this incident occurred, the boy’s mother visited the school with the intention of meeting with the teacher, however, she was absent. This led to the mother messaging the said teacher.
“The class teacher’s word was that he must be tough, he got to be strong and stand up like a man and stop crying for everything…she doesn’t see any issue there and she doesn’t see the class did him anything,” Elliot related.
The following day, the grandmother claimed that the teacher “went to the class and tell the class how [the child] complain about them and…the whole class start make a mockery of him”.
The woman said as a result of this, her grandson responded “aggressively”.
“It is alleged that he pointed his hand in her face in a rage and she walked out of the class and run to the Head Teacher’s office and said that she was frightened for her life,” the grandmother contended.
The child’s mother was then summoned which led to a further confrontation between her and the teachers. The family then decided to get welfare officers involved.
Elliot said the child, after seeing the Regional Education Officer, later returned to the school the same day only to find that his name was removed from the “Class Group” by his teacher.
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